Taylor Lescolletto, Brian Willebrand and Amber Stahl were awarded scholarship funds by the Society of Education of Physicians and Patients during a May meeting held at Amici on Route 51.
Lescolletto from Burgettstown received an $8,000 award from the Lawrence C. Dunegan Memorial Scholarship. Willebrand from Chartiers Houston and Stahl from Hempfield Area were given $1,000 runner-up awards.
Lescolletto was called to present her winning essay before the group. She said our founding fathers had the foresight of separation of government powers. She described the three branches of government -- legislative, executive and judicial.
"Our Constitution guarantees that checks and balances work independently of each other, ensures our freedom, ensures our solvency and establishes a foundation upon which they are built," Lescolletto said.
"All three branches of government are built on the founding principles," Lescolletto explained. "We are confident our government will self-regulate so Americans will continue to prosper."
Lescolletto will attend Georgetown University to study international relations. She has taken five years of German, some Spanish and Korean.
Willebrand and Stahl each thanked SEPP for their plaque and certificate, presented by Dr. Robert Urban.
Urban, a general practitioner for 50 years before retirement, is chairman of the development committee for SEPP.
At the eighth annual award ceremony, Urban said the government has eliminated patients and parents being in charge of decision making.
"Trillions of dollars are spent by insurance industry and government; the system has changed terribly," Urban said. "Kids here today are our future. They will be the leaders of our country."
To be eligible for the memorial scholarship, students wrote …